The Sacramento Press Club is launching a journalism awards program in January to honor the best journalism of 2020 focused on state politics and policy in California.
Journalists around the state can enter the contest, provided their work centers on state politics and policy. While we are a Sacramento-based club, we encourage and hope to see entries from journalists beyond Sacramento. Acceptable entries could, for example, explore the effects of state policy on a city or region, or examine a regional issue that’s drawing attention in the Capitol.
The entries can span journalistic mediums — text, audio, photo or video — except where noted otherwise. Work completed in any language can be submitted, provided the entrant provides an English-language translation. The exception is for our Spanish-language journalism category, which will be judged by Spanish speakers.
The contest will cover journalism completed between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020. Entries will open Jan. 4, 2021, and will be due Feb. 12, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. The winners will be announced in Spring 2021.
Entries cost $20 for SPC members and $25 for nonmembers. If the entry fee poses a financial hardship, please contact SPC about covering your entry fee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The awards will be judged by a panel of retired or former California journalists with experience across a variety of media. To maintain impartiality, none of our judges currently work for an organization whose journalists will be entering the contest.
We are accepting entries in the following categories: